Poached snapper in the kitchen at Vaucluse House._Detail of photograph (c) Cath Muscat for Sydney Living Museums
Last year we talked about those confusing and interchangeable words baking and roasting, and got to grip with table- and soup spoons. They’re far from the only confusing words used in the historic kitchen and household, so today I’m starting a series of posts looking at the vast range of pots and pans you can see in a historic kitchen – and what exactly they were called and used for. Continue reading
Detail of the the dining room at Elizabeth Bay House 11 August 1987. Caroline Simpson Library & Research Collection, Sydney Living Museums. Photo Andrew Payne Photographix
This week we’re back at Elizabeth Bay House, in one of Sydney’s grandest dining rooms. After the departure of the Macleays, Macarthur-Onslows and Michaelises, its years as a reception house and then as flats, the ‘Lion of Sydney’ began its new life as a house museum. But, as this continuing ‘Then and Now’ series shows, it certainly wasn’t without controversy!
Kristen Allans ricotta demonstration. Photo © Luisa Brimble for Sydney Living Museums.
If you joined us at Autumn Harvest you may have been part of Kristen Allan’s cheese-making workshop. Everyone was after her ricotta recipe, and she’s been kind enough to share it with us! Continue reading
Its the Autumn Harvest at Rouse Hill House & Farm_Artwork (c) Sydney Living Museums
Well there’s no rest for us! Barely is the the 2019 Eel Festival over at Elizabeth Farm than we’re heading up the Windsor Road to Rouse Hill House for the next event on the SLM food festival – Autumn Harvest!
An Idyllic scene at Rouse Hill House & Farm. Photo (c) Lawrence Kersten for Sydney Living Museums
This winter, as the sun sets over the cows and farm paddocks at Rouse Hill, it’s hard not to wax lyrical over the picturesque, bucolic scene. Hang on, over the… what now? Continue reading
Delicious chicken curry at Elizabeth Farm. Photo (c) Scott Hill for Sydney Living Museums
Last week the air at Elizabeth Farm was rich with the aroma of Indian curries cooked on the wood stove. Continue reading
The plundered punchbowl at Sweetness and Light at Elizabeth Farm. Photograph (c) Scott Hill for Sydney Living Museums
Last Friday at Elizabeth Farm we celebrated the connections between Australia’s oldest European house and India with a night of Bengal sugar – and rum punch! Continue reading
Detail of a table setting at Elizabeth Bay House. Photograph ©Nicholas Watt for Sydney Living Museums
We’re all familiar with recipes that call for ‘a tablespoon’ of an ingredient – but what exactly does that mean? Continue reading
Pots of Olea europaea grown from cuttings of the tree at Elizabeth Farm. Photo Steven Halliday © Sydney Living Museums
Waaaaay back when this blog started we had a look at Elizabeth Farm and a tree almost as old as the house itself – the 213 year old olive that stands to one side of the carriage loop. Continue reading
Wrapping an eel in Gymea leaf and paper bark, ready for the barbeque at the Eel Festival at Elizabeth Farm. Photo © James Horan for Sydney Living Museums
Our free, family-friendly Eel Festival celebrates Parramatta’s namesake, the eel, and its significance to the local Darug people the Burramattagal, who for generations have gathered during eel season to feast, trade and share stories.